Tailored Pants vs. Made-to-Measure (M2M) Pants

Tailored Pants vs. Made-to-Measure (M2M) Pants


Many people can’t distinguish between a pair of tailored pants and a pair of made-to-measure pants. The craftsmanship, the look and the cost between both types of pants differ entirely, with made-to-measure pants being a compromise between ready-to-wear and tailored trousers. Let us take a closer look at these two methods of making pants and compare them.



The making of tailored trousers makes it possible for one to completely create a unique and perfectly adapted pair of pants based on one’s taste and choice of materials. Tailored pants can camouflage our unique body shapes and sizes while providing a perfect fit which results in a comfortable pair of pants. Anyone wearing a tailored pair of pants understands the ease with which they fall onto and move with your body.

To tailor pants, certain rules and steps are required:

  • The tailor must fully create a suit based on a customer’s need in terms of fabric, style, and fit.

  • The tailor must take the time to take up to twenty measurements to ensure a good fit which may take over an hour.

  • The tailor must then proceed to tailor the trousers with handmade seams.

  • A customer is then fitted for the first time in order to ensure a perfect fit in terms of breakage and fuselage in order to satisfy the exact requirements of a customer.

  • The tailor proceeds to finishing the trousers based on adjustments.

  • The tailor can then validate the adjustments in the final meeting.


Tailored pants ensure a perfect fitting pair of pants – which will tend to require a many weeks of wait time. As a result, many people choose made-to-measure pants which is a compromise between  tailored off-the-rack and fully custom pants. Alterations do not fully replace a tailored trouser but allows to create a fitted pair of pants that can better satisfy the various shapes and sizes of people. The following steps are followed with this method:

    • The tailor must measure the client.
    • The tailor starts from an existing pattern and modifies it according to what was decided during the measurement stage before cutting fabric.
    • The tailor must then put together the pants based on measures taken and styles chosen. This is the lengthiest process. This is done using an industrialized process that has been perfected with supply chain best practices.
    • After the trousers are put together, specific details are added by hand. Such things as the button holes, stitching, pockets, lapels, are added with the careful touch of a tailor.
    • Once complete, the pair of pants is put through a rigorous quality control process to ensure that the suit or tuxedo corresponds to all the measurements taken and the styles and materials chosen.
    • In the second meeting, the customer tries on his new M2M trouser and last touches are applied if needed.

The differences between tailored and made-to-measure are obvious. With better techniques and technologies, the gap between a made-to-measure and tailored trouser is definitely closing.